Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Finds... Oh So Many

I love Friday Finds because it's that great opportunity every week (every Friday, to be exact) where I get to admit to my compulsions and provide tangible evidence that I will never make a dent in my TBR pile or wish list.

I thought I was doing really good this week, I didn't find anything on last week's Friday Finds meme posts that really flipped my trigger, but somehow I still put eight new books into my queue (one was purchased and the other seven are on the wish list). Here they are in all of their literary glory:

Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp by Lauren Lipton – This was linked to as a current read in the side bar of Bookfan-Mary’s blog. The title (and cover) caught my eye, so I checked it out on and added it to my wish list. The plot twist of a drunken Vegas wedding with an offer that can’t be refused were what caught my eye.

How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper – This was another random book in the sidebar of Bookfan-Mary’s blog that caught my eye by the title. She linked it up to where I read the first couple of pages (and was hooked). I love guys writing about guys in funny and irreverent ways in unique situations.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson – This book has been, well, everywhere. I was putting off reading it because it was too, well, everywhere. (I’m a book snob, okay?) It popped up on my Book Lover’s Page-a-Day calendar and I kind of fell in love with the story of a mountain climber who gets nursed back to health and then gives back to those people. Climbing mountains? Always cool. Giving back? Always cool. Keeping a promise? Always cool.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite – Another book that I’d been sitting on the fence about; this memoir of a caffeine-addicted city girl who falls in love with a “Peace Corps Poster Boy” and then follows him around the world as a volunteer finally made it onto the list. All in thanks to the review by Alison at Worducopia’s review with the personal story.

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton – I know this book, a tale of five women united through their shared love of literature that meanders over 40 years of change in the country and change in their lives, has been around for a while (it actually has now finally been released in paperback), but I never got to it. Now, in celebration of the paperback release, Kylee over at Kylee’s 2009 re-posted her review, which I finally read, and now it’s on the list.

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn – This is a memoir by freelance writer Walter Kirn about his time at Princeton and his take on how ivy league education is merely, “an arena for gamesmanship, snobbery, social climbing, ass-kissing, and recreational drug use, where the point of literature classes was to mirror the instructor's critical theories and actual reading of the books under consideration was optional.” I got this recommendation from the fine folks at Very Short List.

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford – This book is about a high school freshman, Will Carter, and his trips and stumbles through a freshman year filled with social ups and downs (including, but not limited to stuttering around females, fascination with boobs—see previous—and a run-in with a band member that may result in blood shed). This was an impulse buy at Barnes & Noble. Based on the reviews on, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed in this “Guy YA” book.

Guys Write for Guys Read, Edited by Jon Scieszka – I found this book, a collection of short stories by male authors for teen guys—guys writing for guys—on a random library list, “all-time-favorites-young-adult,” on Check out the Guy's Read website for more cool stuff to get young guys (middle grade and YA) reading.


Kylee said...

I'm glad you added The Wednesday Sisters. I don't think you'll regret it. =)

Jess said...

My mom read Three Cups of Tea and loved it... I hope you enjoy it too!

gautami tripathy said...

You found a lot of interesting books!

Here is my find

PopinFresh said...

Some great finds. I think there is a giveaway for Mating Rituals somewhere.

In any case, I hope you enjoy the books!

~ Popin

Lusty Reader said...

Hahahaha, I love the part, " I thought I was doing really well this week," and then you end up with eight on your list ;) But it is good to know there are so many good choices out there that we book lovers will never run out.

I too have seen Three Cups of Tea EVERYwhere which also had the backwards effect of me ignoring it.

Jo-Jo said...

I'm going to be reading Three Cups of Tea with my book club next year and I'm looking forward to it. The title of First Comes Love just makes me laugh! My Friday Find is here.

Alyce said...

I really enjoyed reading The Wednesday Sisters. First Comes Love is on my list of books I want to read too.

purplg8r said...

I have Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp in my TBR looks good!

DeSeRt RoSe said...

I've never tried Friday Finds.. and now when I read your finds I find it interesting to check out new titles and EXPAND out tbr piles :)
Great collection you got there by the way :)